When it comes to saving money and helping lower your environmental impact in the summer, it’s all about energy consumption. Luckily, by making a few simple adjustments to your habits and implementing energy-efficient practices, you can enjoy a comfortable summer while still being mindful of your energy consumption.
Read on to learn our top tips for saving energy this summer.
Optimize Your Cooling System
With the hot summer months ahead, your cooling system will likely run more frequently. Replacing your air filters and making sure your air conditioner is in working order will help lower your energy consumption. Set the thermostat to the highest temperature comfortable for you, and consider using a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature when you’re away automatically to save even more energy.
Utilize Natural Ventilation
Take advantage of natural ventilation by opening windows and using ceiling or portable fans to circulate air. This reduces your reliance on air conditioning in the mornings and evenings.
Be Mindful of Lighting
Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights. LED bulbs consume less energy, produce less heat, and last longer. Try to also turn off lights you’re not using and use natural light as much as possible.
Seal Air Leaks
Check your doors, windows, and other openings for air leaks. Seal gaps or cracks with weatherstripping or caulk to prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from entering your home. This will improve the efficiency of your cooling system and reduce the need for excessive energy usage.
Efficient Appliance Usage
Opt for energy-efficient appliances when making new purchases. Simply look for appliances that have the ENERGY STAR® label, as this signifies products that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines. Consider unplugging or turning off electronics and appliances when not in use as well, as they can consume power even in standby mode.
Reduce Heat Gain
Minimize heat gain inside your home by using curtains, blinds, or shades to block sunlight during the hottest parts of the day. Consider using reflective window films or installing awnings to reduce the heat entering your living spaces.
Adjust Water Heating
Lower your water heater‘s temperature to 120°F (49°C) to save energy without sacrificing comfort. You can also insulate your water heater and hot water pipes to reduce heat loss during distribution if you want to be very energy efficient.
Utilize Outdoor Cooking Options
Cooking outdoors is perfect in the summer, as it not only stops your home from heating up due to the oven or stove being used but also allows you to enjoy the fresh air outside. Light up the grill for a great, energy-efficient summer meal.
Regularly maintain your appliances and systems to ensure they are running efficiently. Clean your refrigerator’s coils, remove lint from your dryer’s filter, and schedule professional maintenance for your HVAC system. Well-maintained appliances consume less energy and have a longer lifespan.
Kazars Electric LLC is ready to help you with professional electrical services and energy-saving solutions. We can install energy-efficient lighting and provide expert advice on reducing energy consumption through other electrical means. Whether you need electrical repairs, upgrades, or a comprehensive energy audit, our skilled technicians are here to assist you. Contact us and schedule an appointment today.